Fraser Coast stretches from Rainbow Beach in the south to Bundaberg, which marks the southern access point for the Great Barrier Reef. It is worth travelling along the Fraser Coast Tourist Drive, between Maryborough and Howard.
The Fraser Coast is proud of its heritage. The Butchella Aborigines first made their home on Fraser Island almost 600,000 years ago.
Captain Cook sailed its coast in 1770, but Matthew Flinders arrived to map the area in 1799. Maryborough is one of Queensland's oldest cities and was a major port of immigration in the lead up to Federation.
The Fraser Coast's fascinating history lives on in the region's colonial buildings and old Queenslander homes, heritage streetscapes and its remarkable collection of museums.
Heading north along the Bruce Highway you will come to Gympie, an old gold mining town. There are some interesting places to visit in Gympie, where you can find out about the gold mining history.
On the way to Rainbow Beach you can also stop at the small Tin Can Bay. It is a very pretty spot, with its main attraction being the dolphin feeding.
Turning off towards the coast from Maryborough, you can travel along the Fraser Coast Tourist Drive to get to popular Hervey Bay. From Hervey Bay there are a number of trips out to Fraser Island, including sightseeing tours and whale watching cruises.
The Fraser Coast is a haven for golf courses. Several golf courses include the Burrum District Golf Club, Craignish Golf Course, Fraser Lakes Golf Course, and the Hervey Bay Day/Night Golf Driving Range.
Continuing along the Fraser Coast Tourist Drive you will pass several golf courses, vineyards, museums and historic buildings. You can also enjoy activities such as horse riding, go karting and simply relaxing in the numerous picnic areas.
Along the Fraser Coast Tourist Drive you can turn off towards several small coastal towns along the way. Both Burrum Heads and Toogoom are pretty little fishing villages, which feature beautiful views and great fishing.
Both Burrum Heads and Toogoom offer picnic and BBQ facilities, as well as waterfront cafes where you can enjoy the local catch. It is well worth stopping at the small places along the Fraser Coast Tourist Drive, as you get to experience a wide range of diverse environments along the way.
The Fraser Coast Tourist Drive ends at the small township of Howard, which is set within an old coal mining area. The quaint Howard Post Office is in the centre of town, along with a War Memorial. You can find out about the history of Howard at the Howard Museum.
More Victorian buildings can be found at the small town of Childers, which is a good place to stop for fruit picking. North again along the coast is Bundaberg which also offers plenty of fruit picking work, as well as trips out to the Great Barrier Reef.
The Fraser Coast is a must-see location in Queensland, it is full of amazing attractions and it has stunning scenery and views.